Princess Beatrix Launches Rebranded Help Line

Princess Beatrix unveiled the new name of Sensoor, the national listening help line, at the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum this morning. For this event, she repeated her silver straw boater hat with stacked navy and silver hatbands, trimmed with a double straw twist at the back. The metallic straw gives the hat a wonderful sparkle and sheen, lending much dimension to the straight lines of the design.

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Designer: likely Susanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: Nov 18, 2016
It’s lovely to see Princess Beatrix out and about- what do you think of her hat today?
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Anniversary and Social Launch Bring Out Dutch Hats

So far this week, we have seen both Princess Beatrix and Queen Máxima attend engagements in hats. On Sunday, Princess Beatrix took part in the 700 anniversary celebrations of the religious confraternity Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady at  St. John’s Cathedral in s’Hertogenbosch. For this event, she repeated wore a large black straw hat with double rolled bumper brim and flat crown. The hat is wrapped in wide, curved straw band that gives added textural contrast and interest to the familiar shape- a shape that forms a characteristic millinery look for Princess Beatrix that we’ve all come to associate with her (and only her!).

Designer: Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: February 11, 2015November 15, 2011; August 29, 2009; April 12, 2008

This morning, Queen Máxima launched an anti-loneliness campaign at a related congress in Enschede. For this event, she topped her purple appliqued dress with her large, natural straw picture hat with upswept brim. You can see all the outfits  Máxima has paired with this hat over the years over at this post (and I’ll update photos here as soon as better ones become available).


Thoughts about these two Dutch royal hats?
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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats While much has been said about Queen Maxima’s ensemble at Prinsjesdag earlier this week, a look back through history at this event shows it is not the only time a strong (and, um, unsuccessful) millinery statement has been made. Case in point- forty years ago today when Queen Juliana and Princess Beatrix appeared in the balcony in memorable looks-  one in particular that defies description

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I’ll be away from Royal Hats the next few days- see you back next Wednesday.

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to 54 years ago yesterday to another Prinsjesdag balcony scene in The Hague. Queen Julianna sported a voluminous hat very much of the time while Princess Margriet (right) wore a multi-piece floral headpiece. Princess Beatrix’s flat crowned hat looks like it was wrapped in tulle with feathers on the brim.

 
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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice and Princess Mabel attended the funeral of Kofi Annan this week in Ghana. Princess Beatrice wore one of her wrapped straw bumper hats while Princess Mabel wore a black feathered headband.

Queen Margrethe is a well known costume and set designer. The Amalienborg Musem will open a six-month special exhibition on some of this work, curated by the Queen herself, next week. A short promotion video shared by the Danish monarchy this week is well worth a watch- not only is it wonderfully charming, it gives us a rare and unique window into a queen creating her own hats (a first here at Royal Hats, I think!)

Harper’s Bazaar shared this fun look at some of Princess Diana’s many hats

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Handpainted straw percher in autumnal tones from London based Sahar millinery
Philip Treacy’s magenta velvet percher with crystal studded veil and stunning silk flowers by Anfisa Korelova
Amazing feather work on this plum hued headpiece by British milliner (based in Queensland) Ian Bennett
Vibrant turquoise, fuchsia and orange straw boater hat by Australian milliner Louise MacDonald
Fascinating ombre texture on this unique saucer design from Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Such a pretty watercolour silk covered boater by Hong Kong based Noeleen Millinery
From Australian label Jill and Jack Millinery, pale green and red straw perchers with the most
wonderful flying bows with an effortlessly jaunty sense of movement and lightness.

The Hague Central Train Station will be exceptionally busy during Prinsjesdag this week. To celebrate this event, they are hosting a Hat Design Contest with a catch- the hats must be made from material from old trains, found objects and/or NS (Dutch Rail) uniforms. Dutch milliner Weis Mauduit, who regularly shares her excellent millinery knowledge and experience in comments here at Royal Hats, is one of thirteen milliners who have taken part. Scroll through the two galleries below to see multiple views of Weis’ design and its fascinating creation process- including the train station’s glass roof that inspired it. You can see other hats in this competition at this link as well as vote for your favourite until September 18 (click on the photo then on the blue box on the left, beneath the photos). Weis has not requested any coverage or support here- I’m so impressed with this design that I offer it on my own along with my wishes for the best of luck in the contest!

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~Den Haag Centraal~ This was my entry for the The Hague Central Station Hat Design Contest You can vote for the best design until the 18th of September, see link in bio ☝️(my design is listed under Wies Mauduit-Jansen) or on location in The Hague Central Station itself. Swipe for making of - part one, starting with a picture of the glass roof of the station that inspired the design. #laplusbelle_hoeden #wiesmauduit_bespokemillinery #handmadehats #dutchdesign #thisisthehague #denhaagcentraalstation #stationdenhaagcentraal #thehaguecentralstation #hoedenwedstrijd #hatcontest #prinsjesdag #prinsjesdaghoeden #prinsjesfestival2018 #prinsjesfestival #Nederlandsespoorwegen

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Princess Akiko sported an uncharacteristically bright manicure during her visit to Turkey this week (notice both the Japanese and Turkish flags!). She also happened upon a couple taking wedding photos on Monday while visiting the Japanese Garden in Kirsehirand and happily posed with them!

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Lovely new picture of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family taken this summer at Château de Berg (the Grand Duke and Duchess’ primary residence in Luxembourg).

Such sweet snaps shared by Princess Charlene of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s first day of school

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First day of school

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Princess Beatrix Celebrates Zuiderzee Centenary

Princess Beatrix was in Lelystad yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Zuiderzee Act, legislation that kicked off a massive construction, engineering and hydraulics project during the twentieth century that dammed the Zuiderzee, a large shallow inlet of the North Sea, improved flood protection and created significant agricultural land. For this event, she wore a most interesting hat.

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The design is a fascinating combination of double brims and double crowns in two shades of blue. A flat navy brim provides foundation for the piece, over which sits a second sidesweep brim in bias cut medium blue straw with a pinched pleat on the raised side. This same medium blue straw is used for the hat’s domed crown around which is wrapped an open topped, slightly fluted, tall column of the same navy straw used for the base brim.

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While there is a lot going on in this hat, the contrast of colour and shape is fascinating. It’s not often that a royal hat is so unique that it immediately draws one in for a closer look to figure it out and I love that this one does just that, without venturing into the bizarre. Princess Beatrix’s floral tunic and skirt does a great job of softening and balancing the graphic hat and she carries off the bold design with characteristic aplomb.

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Designer: Susanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: May 9, 2009; February 29, 2008; April 30, 2004

Following the celebration, Princess Beatrix took a fleet review at sea from her own vessel, De Groene Draeck. As captain, she donned a navy patterned visor.

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We have not seen Princess Beatrix for a while and it’s wonderful, not only to see her clearly enjoying herself, but to still be experimenting with new hat shapes as exciting as this one. What do you think of her double brim, double crown hat?
UPDATE– thanks to reader Renske who reminds the straw hat is not new! Queen Beatrix initially wore it for Queen’s Day in 2002 and repeated it in 2008 and 2009. Thanks, Renske!
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Dutch Royals Attend Four Freedom Awards

Members of the Dutch royal family attended the Four Freedom Awards yesterday to honor this year’s recipients, Erol Onderoglu from Turkey, Bishop Paride Taban from South Sudan, Emmanuel de Merode from the Virunga Alliance in Democratic Republic of Congo and Urmila Chaudhary from Nepal.

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For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her large pale pink straw picture hat with dramatic upswept brim.

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Photographs taken at this event unfortunately don’t do the hat justice- it’s a wonderful scale on Máxima and the delicate colour gives it a gentle softness that contrasts well with it’s substantial size.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 20, 2017 
Princess Beatrix repeated a dark purple straw hat with square crown and wide, upturned kettle brim. The hat is trimmed with a folded straw hatband (giving the look of a double layered crown) and a single straw twist at the side.  A familiar shape on Princess Beatrix, the rich colour suits her well and pairs well with her graphic dress. 
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Designer: looks like Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: October 23, 2012April 25, 2012
Thoughts on this pair of straw hats yesterday in Amsterdam?
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